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Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of Taylor's Hawaiian koa gu...Click To Read More About This Product
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All-Hawaiian koa construction with eye-catching appointments and Taylor's top-notch electronics.
Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of Taylor's Hawaiian koa guitars, especially those featuring an all-koa body like Koa Series K26e Grand Symphony. Taylor celebrates that beauty with an all-wood appointment scheme that features their fluid Island Vine fretboard inlay in blackwood and maple, along with rosewood binding and maple top trim. A hand-sprayed shaded edgeburst enhances koa’s rich blend of color, figure and grain structure, adding a tasteful vintage aura. The best part: With time and extended play, a koa guitar’s voice will only grow sweeter and warmer, especially in the midrange.
Compared to the Taylor Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A Grand Symphony is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Think of the top as a speaker driver. It's also one reason why the sounboard bracing architecture is important - it helps orchestrate the movement of the top and the voice of the instrument. The back and sides help flavor the overall sound. Koa is a fairly dense tropical hardwood with a strong midrange focus similar to mahogany, with a bit of extra top-end brightness and chime. The more koa is played and has a chance to open up - especially when the back and sides are also solid koa - it promises to grow warmer and sweeter, especially in the midrange.
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Maple top edge trim, ebony binding, blackwood/maple "Island Vine" fingerboard inlay, peghead inlay.
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Body type: Grand Symphony
Top wood: Solid Hawaiian Koa
Back & sides: Solid Hawaiian Koa
Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard III with Relief Rout
Body finish: Gloss with Shaded Edge Burst
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ: 2-band
Feedback filter: Phase
Headstock overlay: Genuine African Ebony
Tuning machines: Gold with God Buttons
Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
Saddle & nut: Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Special Edition Label See "Other features"
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
Country of origin: United States
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